What do you get when two of the most free-scoring, carefree sides in Europe meet on a Tuesday evening in November? Please God not a nil-all draw. I’ll do anything.
Perhaps Liverpool could afford to adopt a slightly more cautious approach at the back facing Atalanta last year, but that’s not really possible anymore considering there are no longer any adult defenders in their entire squad.
Watching these two try to outscore each other will be some very intense entertainment and let’s be honest – it’s nice to see the Liverpool fans in your life coming undone every so often given the coasting they’ve done over the last 12 months.
In terms of domestic matters, Atalanta have notched 17 times in their six games – more than league leaders Milan – and shipped 13 times – more than 18th-placed Bologna.
Whatever way you think this is going to go, it’s going to be entertaining, and I don’t really say this often about football in 2020 – but It’s unmissable television. Here’s a same-game multi to go with it.
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Is this because I can’t envisage Man United landing better European results than Liverpool? Kind of, but not the whole reason.
Realistically, they’re overpowered in forward areas and I’d take them netting due to individual brilliance over the systematic approach that the Italians use.
Klopp makes adjustments and he knows how to at least limit the exposure on his back four, even if that means a midfielder popping in to make a back three on a near-permanent basis.
He certainly won’t be sacrificing his full-backs, and it’s from wide areas that Atalanta have been ruthlessly exposed in Serie A so far this year. That trend will continue and see the Reds to victory.
You’re normally used to the line being 2.5, but such is the freedom associated with these sides’ defensive efforts, traders feel that 3.5 is the average for this one – and I still think you’d be mad to back the under.
The thing about Atalanta is – they don’t understand drawing games. They use an analytical observation that, in fact, if you go for it when you can settle for a point, you’ll average a point and a half rather than the guaranteed point.
Good logic isn’t it? And yes, they’ve not drawn any of their opening six league games. Obviously.
While the emphasis of Atalanta’s backline will be shifted towards Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold, they frequently leave gaps at the back post. Liverpool do this very well in the league, so it won’t take any extra sessions to get it down midweek.
Eight of the last ten goals that Atalanta have conceded have come in the first half, including both Ajax goals in their last group game in the Champions League.
They don’t generally start playing until the hour mark, and that suits me as a foolproof leg in this multi. Game on.
*All prices correct at time of publishing but may change. Odds are bang up to date on our snazzy widgets, though
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